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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

Insecurity: House of Reps rejects use of mercenaries

Insecurity: House of Reps rejects use of mercenaries

The Federal House of Representatives has turned down an amendment to a motion seeking foreign intervention to address the country's insecurity challenges.

On Wednesday, lawmakers vehemently declined an amendment proposed by Hon. Ahmed Jaha (APC, Borno) that invited foreign mercenaries to assist in combating the country's insecurity challenges.

He said, “During the period of insecurity in the northeast between 2020, there was no significant hunger in the country. However, when the bandits realised their actions were causing more hunger than insecurity, they expanded their operations to the southeast and southwest.

“Given the insurgency we’re grappling with, it’s prudent to seek assistance from other nations. Nigeria lacks the power and influence of countries like Ukraine and Russia. Bringing in machinery to tackle insecurity is essential to prevent a worsening hunger crisis next year.

“The current strategy of targeting farmers is crippling agricultural productivity. While we appreciate the efforts of our security agencies, additional support is urgently needed,” Rep Jaha had said in his motion before the House.

However, Hon. Abbas Adigun, a member representing Ibadan North East/South East Federal Constituency of Oyo State, strongly opposed employing foreign mercenaries, stating that it would be a source of embarrassment for the nation.

“We must prioritise bolstering the capacity of our security agencies and ensuring the welfare of their personnel. When they bravely venture into the field, there’s a stark reality – a 50% chance they won’t return. We must also consider the welfare of their families left behind.

“We’re sorely lacking the modern equipment needed to confront insurgents effectively. Despite discussing security measures in the 9th Assembly, no tangible actions have been taken. That’s why I’ve chosen not to attend any security meetings in this Assembly.

“Requesting another nation to supply us with machinery is a slight to our stature as a leading African nation. We possess the capability within our security agencies, augmented by the expertise of retired service chiefs, to undertake such tasks internally.

“Many of Nigeria’s security challenges stem from its poorest and least educated regions. These issues are the fruit of seeds planted long ago. Nigeria must prioritise investments in education and alternative livelihoods over criminal activities,” he said.

Adopting the motion, the House resolved to meet with the President to find solutions to the challenges of insecurity and urged police authorities to appropriate funds to repair damaged security assets across the country.

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